The Department of Homeland Security spends many millions of dollars every year to harden America’s assets and make our critical infrastructure and valuable resources resilient to terrorist attack.
It occurs to me that sustainability champions are in the same business.
Remaking organizations into more sustainable versions of themselves in the face of both anticipated and unexpected environmental, social and economic challenges is exactly what both DHS and Sustainable Growth (and many others) have been advocating! When you work to build a sustainable nation, you also work to increase its political and socioeconomic stability – characteristics that harden its people and institutions against attack.
The U.S. government is in a unique position to champion this thinking. Because it is the largest market in the world – the fed occupies nearly 500,000 buildings, operates more than 600,000 vehicles, employs more than 1.8 million civilians, and purchases more than $500 billion per year in goods and services – it’s in a unique position to inspire the world with its policies and procedures. We see a substantial opportunity that we hope our leaders will not squander.